Call for facilitators: openDemocracy Middle East Forum 2017 – Tunisia

Application Deadline: 28th August 2017.

openDemocracy is looking to hire a facilitator for the Middle East Forum in Tunisia.

The Middle East Forum is a project that encourages emerging young voices to express themselves, exchange views and be heard. The project provides participants with a series of workshops to develop writing skills, media presence, and digital security as well as a free discussion space where they have the capacity to debate constructively. Participants in the forum host speakers, acquire skills, share knowledge, and give feedback to one another.

openDemocracy is a digital commons – a pluralist, high quality online space free and open to all – covering world affairs, ideas and culture.

  • This is a freelance role, 35 days of work spread over 11 months with a salary of $109 per day.


You can apply for the position if you fall under any of the following:

  • – Previous experience as a journalist or editor

  • – Currently completing or recently completed post-graduate studies in related field

  • – Possess expertise in the specific region of the program


openDemocracy are looking for people who are passionate about journalism and its potential to change the world, and have:

  • – Expertise in the specific region of the program;

  • – Experience in debate moderation;

  • – Prior experience of digital publishing and social media;

  • – A background in journalism and journalistic writing;

  • – Fluency in both Arabic and English – able to write and edit;

  • – Knowledge of online security, computer systems and office-related software;

  • – Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • – Finding, screening and selecting seven candidates for the program;

  • – Meeting the commitment of 15 sessions;

  • – Actively developing an online space for debate;

  • – Developing a working relationship with the participants, such that you can adequately serve as their mentor;

  • – Actively moderating debate;

  • – Managing communication with participants;

  • – Ensuring that notes for each session are being taken. Share notes with all participants;

  • – Editing articles written by the participants in both Arabic and English;

  • – Liaising with the project coordinator and editor;

  • – Writing progress reports;

In general, facilitators will be expected to:

  • – Ensure a safe space for all the participants to express themselves freely;

  • – Host debates but allow for the creative process to take its due course;

  • – Cultivate a good working relationship with the participants, and serve as their mentor;

  • – Maintain a good line of communication with the participants, and be available for any questions;

  • – Be responsible for training the participants, providing them with the tools necessary to complete the program successfully, and the ability to organise other professional trainers where needed;

  • – Outline learning objectives for the group;

  • – Oversee and support the participants’ work, and assist where necessary;

  • – Provide constructive feedback and suggestions to enhance the participant’s learning experience.

How to apply:

  • Send in a sample piece of 1000 words in Arabic or English of why you believe you are suitable for this role and your resume

Please send your application documents to [email protected] by the 28th August 2017.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the openDemocracy Middle East Forum 2017


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